School of Life Sciences

BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Respiratory and Sleep Physiology)

BSc (Hons) Full-time 3 years

Graduates will be fully prepared and eligible to enter a career as a Healthcare Science Practitioner in cardiac physiology or respiratory and sleep science in a variety of healthcare settings including working in a hospital or in the community.

Graduates will be fully prepared and eligible to enter a career as a Healthcare Science Practitioner in cardiac physiology or respiratory and sleep science in a variety of healthcare settings including working in a hospital or in the community.

BSc (Hons)
Start date(s)
16 September 2024
Course specifications
Course length
Full-time (3 years)
Campus location
University: City Campus
School of Life Sciences
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Why choose this course?

Due to the current climate, we are unable to take applications for entry onto the Healthcare Science course at this time. However, an alternative route is available through the BSc Medical Physiology and Diagnostics course.

Following successful completion of your first year of your Medical Physiology and Diagnostics degree, you may be able to apply to transfer onto our BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Physiological Science) award. Transfer to the Healthcare Science award is not guaranteed and is subject to having satisfied Disclosure and Barring Service, Occupational Health check, a selection interview, and the availability of clinical placements

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This course combines and integrates both academic and work-based training in order to provide participants with the practical skills and underpinning knowledge to fulfil the role as a Healthcare Science Practitioner in Respiratory and Sleep Physiology.  Knowledge of the normal structure and function of the human body will be developed so that the student can appreciate the clinical abnormalities that occur as a result of disease. Students will consider the diagnostic tests used within the profession and be able to understand how test results are used to plan subsequent treatment. The course will provide the student with a wider appreciation of a number of specialisms in physiological sciences through broad experiential components in cardiovascular, respiratory and sleep sciences in order to develop a more holistic view of the areas contributing to high-quality care. Students will develop competency in a range of techniques outlined in the Healthcare Science Practitioner Training Manual for Respiratory and Sleep Physiology through integrated work-based placements in local hospitals. The encouragement of good professional practice will be paramount at all stages of work-based training and students will be encouraged to develop research skills which can be used to improve practice in their chosen specialism. The programme aims to include patient participation in its design, delivery and assessment of students in order to produce a Healthcare Science Practitioner that is focused on patient-centred care. Successful completion of the course will enable graduates to gain employment within a hospital to undertake physiological measurements in respiratory and sleep physiology with patients as part of their patient care pathway.

Students do not start directly onto this course.  They join BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences) and transfer onto this route for Year 2

What happens on the course?


Year One - The programme of study includes an introduction to the scientific basis of healthcare science including subjects such as anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, genetics, immunology and microbiology. You will then build upon this foundation to focus initially on the theoretical aspects of both cardiac physiology and respiratory and sleep science.

All students are required to have an appreciation of good professional practice in the workplace so classes are held to facilitate this focusing on health and safety, patient communication and welfare, clinical governance and ethical practice.  Professional practice and patient-centred care are themes that run throughout the three years of the course.

During your first year you will undertake clinical placements in both cardiac physiology and respiratory physiology departments.  Each of these placements will be approximately five weeks long, this will enable you to experience the dynamics of each discipline so that you can make an informed choice regarding your specialist area.

At the end of your first year you will specialise in either cardiovascular physiology or respiratory and sleep science so that over the final two years of the course you develop a sound theoretical understanding of the knowledge that is required to support your practice within that discipline.

Year Two - You will learn about the various diseases which affect the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, consider the tests which are available to confirm their diagnosis, and develop an understanding of the treatments available to help such conditions.

Your studies in diagnostics will be supported with the inclusion of physics classes so that you develop an understanding of the physical processes which underpin both clinical investigations and diagnosis of disease.

This year you will spend 15 weeks in a clinical placement within a local hospital trust in your chosen specialist area.  During your placement you will begin to develop the skills needed to become a competent healthcare science practitioner and you will have an opportunity to put the academic theory that you have covered into practice.

Year Three - During your final year you will consolidate your knowledge in your chosen discipline with the introduction of the theory required for more advanced clinical procedures.  You will focus on recent developments within your specialist area and this will be complemented by your honours project as you undertake your own research. 

This year your time in placement is extended and you will spend 25 weeks within your chosen discipline area within a hospital setting.

General Considerations - As this is a professionally accredited award the programme has some exemptions from the universities usual academic regulations.  In order to progress to year 2 of the award you must successfully pass all year 1 modules in one academic year (you will be allowed three attempts at each assessment during this period).  Students who are not successful will be able to transfer to the related BSc (Hons) Medical Physiology and Diagnostics route.  In addition throughout your study you must pass all of the modules associated with the award as compensation for marginal failures is not permitted on this route. 

Students do not generally start directly onto this course. They join BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences) and transfer onto this route for Year 2.     


Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Graduates will be fully prepared and eligible to enter a career as a Healthcare Science Practitioner in cardiac physiology or respiratory and sleep science in a variety of healthcare settings including working in a hospital or in the community.  Graduates from the course will also be eligible to apply for entry onto the Scientific Training Programme (STP) where they will be able to continue their training at masters level.  As technologies are becoming more specialised and new techniques are continually evolving healthcare science provides challenging and rewarding career options

Opportunities exist as your career develops to progress to higher levels within the Healthcare Science career framework this will involve taking responsibility for higher level diagnostic investigations, training, and management roles.

Graduates may also seek employment working in industries associated with cardiac physiology and respiratory and sleep science.

As healthcare professionals Healthcare Scientists are expected to maintain their competence and ‘fitness to practice’ throughout their working lives.  As such they are actively involved in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and are expected to design and implement their own learning strategies.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

For the award of an honours degree, you, the student, will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the anatomical structure and development of the human body and an understanding of the integrated function and control of the component parts of the major systems, enabling an appreciation of normal human function to be shown.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of cell structure and function at the molecular level, enabling an appreciation of the interplay of complex molecular events that help to maintain cell homeostasis.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of disease processes to enable appreciation of the use of pharmacological and interventional treatments against them.
  • Show competence in the physiological practical techniques employed within physiological sciences, specifically respiratory and sleep physiology, and be able to explain the rationale for the investigation and treatment of disease, modification of the investigations, and interpret test results so that the student is able to effectively contribute to the patient care pathway. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of physics and signal processing and be able to apply these to the recording, storage and analysis of information in the concept of physiological sciences.
  • Be aware of  the requirements for good professional practice in physiological sciences, including safe and ethical working practices, the importance of good communication in a therapeutic relationship and how research can be used to advance evidence based practice in their chosen specialism.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2023-24
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2023-24
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2024-25
International Full-time £13950 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £13950 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £14950 per year 2023-24
International Full-time £14950 per year 2023-24
International Full-time £15450 per year 2024-25

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

All students being accepted onto the course will need to have been selected for a hospital placement through selection interviews which involve a formal skills-based assessment prior to admission

We are able to consider entry to Level 5 only - please refer to Faculty for further information

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C/4+ will be required.   No equivalences are accepted.


The Faculty operates a Gathered Field policy in processing interview results for this course. The result of interviews will be released in mid-March 2023.


International entry requirements and application guidance can be found at

English language requirements also apply

Applicants who are classed as ‘overseas’ for fee purposes ( will still be considered as long as their country of domicile is the United Kingdom and do not require Tier 4 sponsorship or are in the UK on a Tier 2 visa.

National School of Health Care Science (NSHCS)

"Accredited by the NSHCS (National School of Health Care Science), on behalf of Health education England, for the purpose of eligibility for registration as a Health-care Science Practitioner on the AHCS (Academy for Healthcare and Science) voluntary accredited register."

"Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists, the (RCCP)"

To accredit degree programmes covering clinical physiology to enable graduates to register with RCCP. I.e. BSc (Hons) Clinical Physiology and BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science.

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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